Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Bowler, Walter, 1891 - , Interviewee, Male, General Clerk; Blacksmith, striker; Army, Infantry 1914-1919.
Speaker: Noble, L., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Recalls early life, schooldays, and village of Newton Burgoland when he was a child. Comments on the transport available in the area; horse drawn, bicycles and railways. Describes working first as a blacksmith, then learning shorthand and typing to become a clerk. Eventually working at Ellis and Everard at Bardon, recalls people he worked with. Gives account of being called up for army service during the First World War, in Durham Light Infantry and West Yorkshire Regiment. Recalls his marriage during war and return to Bardon quarry after demobilisation in 1919. Talks about the houses he lived in and the rents he had to pay. Mentions his wife's death and his family. Recalls other work colleagues and his work up to his retirement in 1961. See also 00098 MA 200/107/107A
Place of birth: Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire
Education: Newton Burgoland school. (until 16)
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 1
Father's Occupation: Bricklayer
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Bardon; Newton Burgoland.
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s,
Recording Date: 24/6/1988
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: 00098 MA200/107/107A
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